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What We Do

At Customized Journeys we are committed to offering our clients an authentic cultural experience that sparks curiosity, broadens horizons, and affects new insights that can be carried back home. We specialize in custom-designed, small group adventures for families, groups of friends, clubs, associations, companies, and organizations that meet the unique needs and interests of each group of travelers. Small group sizes – usually only 15 members – and a limited number of trips each year allow Customized Journeys to concentrate on personal service and a commitment to sustainable tourism in relatively fragile parts of the world. With a constant focus on high quality services, knowledgeable guides, and comfortable accommodations, as well as a concern for reasonability in cost, we bring dreams to life!

How We Do It

At Customized Journeys we move beyond big tourism, flag-waving tour guides, and surface-level glimpses of major sights. We craft a more intimate form of tourism that allows travelers to get off-the-beaten-path, get an inside look at varied ways of life, and access local knowledge. On our journeys, we get to know the local wonders, the best-kept-secret hideaways, behind-the-scenes creative processes (for wine, food, and art), and the people of the towns we explore. To put it simply, we create adventures that have depth . . . the kind of depth that enables travelers to become participants in the cultures they experience.

Like an old friend showing you around their home-town, we take special enjoyment in introducing our clients to the places we most hold dear – our privately owned Palazzo Ranghiasci in Gubbio, in which we hold special events, the trails we grew up hiking, and the restaurants and wineries that fill our daydreams. Come with us to learn about the wonderful secret spots that only the “insiders” know.


Customized Journeys, formerly MG Expeditions, was founded in 2003 in the USA as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). We now have offices in Portland, Oregon and Genoa, Italy.

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Dear Friends & Travelers,

The safety and well-being of our clients is our top priority.

We have been closely monitoring the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and relying on recommendations from the US State Department, CDC, World Health Organization, and other relevant authorities at home and abroad. Based on the latest developments, we have made the difficult decision, in coordination with our trip hosts and partners, to reschedule all departures starting on or before December 31, 2020.

We want to assure you that we are making every effort to do the right thing for our clients, partners, and local vendors in this time of uncertainty, and we look forward to sharing our passion for experiencing the world with you by offering the following options:

1. Join your group’s alternate date
We are offering each of our affected groups a future alternate date and will gladly transfer your reservation to this date.
2. Reschedule your trip on a different Customized Journeys departure
If the alternate date for your program does not work for you, we are happy to work with you to find a different date, private trip, or future program that will suit your needs and interests.
3. Receive a Future Travel Credit (FTC)
If your preference is to wait to make a decision, we will put your reservation on hold and apply your funds toward a future Customized Journeys travel program of your choosing. This FTC is valid for 2 years from your original departure date.

We share your disappointment and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. As the situation continues to evolve, we have learned that what makes sense today may be different tomorrow. Our planning could be further adjusted, and we will update you as we continue to work through developments. In the meantime, we’d like you to know that we are reviewing every aspect of how we run our trips with the intent of safeguarding the health and well-being of our clients.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information to help with your decision process.

Thank you for your commitment and understanding.

The Customized Journeys team